I just received some potentially troubling news regarding the future of the San Dieguito River Park (SDRP) and how it will affect the 2015 and beyond San Diego 50 Mile & Marathon and the Lake Hodges Trail Fest.
The city is considering removing SDRP from the budget and taking over land management of our beloved trails that have thrived under the incredible care of SDRP. What does this mean for you? Well for one, the last time the city cut SDRP from its budget was after the fires. The trails became completely neglected, unsafe, and no monitoring or maintenance was performed.
As for how it will affect my ability to host events for you (IF they still allow events to be run), permitting fees will significantly increase. I try to keep entry fees low to be reasonable and still cover overhead; this will become much harder without raising registration fees. Trust me when I say that the increase in cost is only rivaled by the headache of dealing with the city’s permitting process! As a one-man (and volunteer wife) operation this is not an enjoyable proposition! Don’t worry, there is no change for the 2014 Lake Hodges Trail Fest. This will affect events in 2015 and forward.
So what can you do to help? Well, this Saturday morning there will be a Bike Swap Meet to raise funds for the SDRP Mountain Bike Patrol. They will be starting a petition and distributing more info about what may be happening. If you can, please stop by the Adobe Sikes Historic Farmstead between 7am – 11am and show your support!
The Adobe Sikes Farmstead is at the end of Sunset Drive (an Aid Station location for both events). You can find directions here: http://goo.gl/ZdNyPd.
The San Dieguito River Park is asking people to voice their support for the park and ask the Mayor Faulconer of the City of San Diego to preserve the funding to the park. (Email Mayor Faulconer) The San Dieguito River Park is important to the City of San Diego and it’s users. Please don’t let the city pull out of this regional park.
Please take a moment to sign the online petition here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/391/774/206/preverve-city-funding-to-the-san-dieguito-river-park/
For more information on what all SDRP does and why it’s important to have their funding renewed, please download and read this report!
As the situation progresses I will keep you posted on any news and other means of showing our support for SDRP and the great Rangers, support staff, and volunteers that show so much love and dedication to our trails and our events!
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I appreciate your efforts and support!
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